#02 – No Glass Ceilings in the Kingdom: Women and Ministry
A) As we step into a new season we want to continue to ‘get back to the basics’ and focus on our DNA – who we are called to be as a church family.
B) DNA is the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something. We want to take time in this season to focus on the fundamental and distinctive characteristics and qualities of TCC.
C) We are growing, there are many great things going on but we also have a lot of work to do. We need to stay HUMBLE, HUNGRY and FOCUSED
D) We want to continue to focus on our mission as a church family and dig deeper into the distinctives of what God has called us to do.
E) Our Mission: To be a spiritual family where every person encounters God’s unconditional love, is established in their identity and equipped and engaged for their purpose
II A SPIRITUAL FAMILY WHERE “EVERY PERSON ENCOUNTERS, IS ESTABLISHED, EQUIPPED AND ENGAGED” – THIS INCLUDES WOMEN.
A) As it’s Mother’s Day I felt it would be very appropriate to speak into the truth that we embrace here at TCC regarding women being actively involved in every level of leadership and ministry in the Kingdom of God.
B) We live in a culture where there is a lot of discrimination against women… thankfully there has been change from the past but there is still many challenges to overcome. Sadly we have found that while the church should be on the forefront of empowering women in their identity and equipping and engaging them for purpose often it has not been and women have faced just as many glass ceilings, if not even more – particularly about what they can and cannot do to serve God. (Women shouldn’t preach or teach. Women shouldn’t lead men. There are a few defined roles that women can fill but many they cannot etc.)
C) This is not Biblical and is not the opinion that God has. It’s important that we speak out clearly regarding this, and build a church that fully recognizes and empowers women for the following reasons:
1) Discrimination is sin.
2) Many women are not as bold as they need to be because in the back of their mind they struggle with whether they should be doing this or not or the criticism they may face from others.
3) We have a mission from God, but we are handicapping 60-70% of our team.
D) Not only does the Bible not limit women from full engagement in every aspect of ministry, it actually encourages and empowers them to do so! Over and over and over again.
III HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES:
A) Women were a part of Jesus’ ministry team (Luke 8:1-3)
B) Jesus took time to teach both men and women (Luke 10:38-42)
C) Jesus first appeared to a woman, Mary, when he rose from the dead and she was the first the share the good news (Mark 16:9-11)
D) Women were in the Upper Room, filled with the Holy Spirit, and declared the wonderful works of God (Acts 1:14, 2:1-3, 12)
E) The Spirit is poured out on sons and daughters and they prophesy (Acts 2:17, 21:9)
F) Women opened up the city of Philippi to the ministry of Paul and the gospel (Acts 16:13-15)
G) A woman named Priscilla worked with Paul and was an outstanding Bible teacher (Acts 18:18, 26, Romans 16:3)
H) A woman named Junias was mentioned by Paul to be outstanding among the apostles (Acts 16:7)
I) A woman named Chloe was mentioned by Paul as a woman who led a church that met in her house (1 Cor 1:11)
J) A woman named Phoebe was clearly identified by Paul as a deacon (Romans 16:1)
K) Paul named Euodia and Synthyche as women who laboured with him in the gospel. (Philippians 4:1-3)
L) 2 John is clearly written to a woman who is leading a church (2 John 1)
Toronto City Church is committed to being a spiritual family where every woman encounters God’s unconditional love, is empowered in their identity and is equipped and engaged in their purpose. There is no glass ceiling in the Kingdom of God!
What about the passages that talk about women being silent or not teaching men? Check out the next post exploring some of the key ones and sharing resources.